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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Apr 12, 2014 6:30pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Good Lovin' (but not for tapers), 70-71

But I wouldn't think they could tell the difference by looking at a taper. When they busted this guy, they thought he was taping to make a record; were they, at the same time, saying it was OK to trade tapes? Wonder when Jerry actually said "when we're done with it, they can have it" for the first time ...

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Poster: light into ashes Date: Apr 12, 2014 9:56pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Good Lovin' (but not for tapers), 70-71

It's a classic moment. Yes, they would have assumed tapers were bootleggers; Dead tape trading basically didn't exist at that point. It wasn't until around '73 that tape-trading became more widely known among Dead fans; til the mid-'70s most people had to get Dead shows via bootleg records or radio broadcasts. When Relix magazine started in '74/75 it became a lot easier to find tape traders.

Of course, you could also point to Weir's 8/6/71 comment to the tapers to move back for better sound; or Phil's complimenting Marty Weinberg in Dec '71 on his bootleg LP - even though their usual policy at that point was to bust tapers (as we can hear on a lot of cut-off '70-73 audience tapes). This was a band of contradictions!

Check out this 1971 bootleg bust:
http://deadsources.blogspot.com/2013/11/august-26-1971-bootleg-battle.html

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Apr 12, 2014 10:38pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Good Lovin' (but not for tapers), 70-71

Wow. That's quite a story - and quite a perspective. The writer sure has the whole Power To The People/Down With the Pigs attitude down. Great find; it's easy to forget in hindsight how absolutely rabid people could get with the "revolutionary" rhetoric.

I had to google Basho Katzenjammer. He turns up again in the '90s, calling Alexander Cockburn "shit for brains." Also he wrote a Cartoon History of Sex and claimed to be writing a history of the 60s. So that's how he lived out the "revolution to come."